Our Best Easter Dessert Recipes | Midwest Living

Our Best Easter Dessert Recipes

Family and guests will love these Easter dessert recipes including Easter cakes, cupcakes, cookies and pies.
  • Carrot and Honey Upside-Down Minis

    Carrot and Honey Upside-Down Minis

    Sweetly vying for a spot on your Easter brunch table, these cinnamony whole-wheat cakes bake over nests of glazed carrots. Serve warm with extra honey for drizzling.

    Carrot and Honey Upside-Down Minis

  • Vanilla Bean Crepe Cake

    Vanilla Bean Crepe Cake

    When did being vanilla become an insult? This stack of golden crepes and creamy mascarpone is simple, elegant and deceptively delicious. Supermarket crepes are larger than homemade ones, so if you use purchased, you'll need to make an extra half batch of filling, or just make a cake with fewer layers.

    Vanilla Bean Crepe Cake

  • Double-Malted Easter Snack Mix

    Double-Malted Easter Snack Mix

    Malted milk powder and chopped malted Easter egg candies give this festive sweet-and-salty springtime snack mix a double hit of malt-shop flavor.

    Double-Malted Easter Snack Mix


  • Lemon Curd Tart

    "The lemon curd is one of our favorite workhorses," says Patrick Groth of Incredibly Delicious in Springfield, Illinois. "My mother, who has worked for us for the last 16 years, is the only one who makes it. Hers is perfect, tart and smooth."

    Lemon Curd Tart

  • Easter Egg Cookies

    Get creative with your cookie-making for Easter! Try piping your designs with our Easter Egg Cookies recipe, or use a cookie cutter with the recipe for Easter Sugar Cookie Cutouts.

    Wheat grass makes a cozy resting spot for spring cookies. Look for it in the produce section of major supermarkets, or check at large health food stores.

    Easter Egg Cookies

    Easter Sugar Cookie Cutouts

  • Peach Cordial Mini Bundt Cakes

    Peach Cordial Mini Bundt Cakes

    The memory of a childhood orchard trip inspired Melinsa Murphey of Olathe, Kansas, to create this recipe. The cakes are moist and sweet and quite generously proportioned, so you may want to serve a half-cake to each person (or bake them in muffin cups instead).

    Peach Cordial Mini Bundt Cakes

  • Pistachio Pavlova with Fresh Berries

    Pistachio Pavlova with Fresh Berries

    Mildly nutty meringue cradles fresh berries in this classic dessert named for a ballerina. Use your favorite nut to flavor the meringue. Our Test Kitchen recommends pistachios, almonds or pecans. Any fruit works: blueberries, kiwi, bananas.

    Pistachio Pavlova with Fresh Berries

  • Baby Citrus Cheesecakes

    Baby Citrus Cheesecakes

    These cupcake-size treats are a fantastically simple alternative to a full-size cheesecake. You could also garnish them with fresh raspberries or blueberries.

    Baby Citrus Cheesecakes

  • Tres Leches Cake

    Tres Leches Cake

    A Mexican standard and guaranteed backyard crowd-pleaser, our brown-sugar sheet cake is soaked in milky syrup, chilled, then topped with whipped cream and berries.

    Tres Leches Cake

  • Lemon Curd and Shortbread

    Lemon Curd and Shortbread

    Make eating cookies an interactive experience by serving them alongside a jar of sweet-tart homemade lemon curd. The recipes come from Andy Schudlich of Epicure Catering and Cherry Basket Farm in Michigan.

    Lemon Curd and Shortbread 

  • Kansas Sunflower Cupcakes

    The Sunflower State's wheat crops and native state flower inspired our cupcakes. Frosting piped like petals turns the individual Kansas Sunflower Cupcakes into pretty treats. Wheat germ adds a hearty touch to the buttermilk-vanilla cakes.

    Kansas Sunflower Cupcakes

  • Cutie-Pie Carrot Cake

    Cutie-Pie Carrot Cake

    Book club meeting. Mother's Day brunch. A well-deserved raise. Cream cheese frosting is always the answer, especially when it's on a 6-inch cake that's perfectly sized for life's everyday celebrations.

    Cutie-Pie Carrot Cake

  • Best Carrot-Pineapple Cake

    Cream cheese frosting crowns a rich, moist and nutty carrot cake. Cinnamon and allspice add just the right spiciness.

    Best Carrot-Pineapple Cake

  • Triple Lemon Pie

    This pie earns its triple-lemon name from lemon zest, lemon juice and lemon extract. (You can add lemon slices and whipped cream on top of the baked pie for even more lemony goodness.) A store-bought piecrust speeds prep time.

    Triple Lemon Pie

  • Apricot Stack Cake

    Apricot Stack Cake

    Layering flapjack-like cakes in a springform pan is an easy way to prep this one-of-a-kind dessert. Hints of lime and honey enhance sweet, juicy apricots. Freshly whipped cream tops this potluck star.

    Apricot Stack Cake

  • Chocolate Pavlova

    Fresh fruit tops crispy-chewy meringue and whipped cream in this luscious dessert traditionally served at summer celebrations in New Zealand and Australia.

    Chocolate Pavlova

  • Raspberry Cream Tart

    Raspberry Cream Tart

    Fresh berries work best in this elegant dessert (frozen berries get too watery). Keep fruit refrigerated and dry and use within a couple of days of purchase.

    Raspberry Cream Tart

  • Peach Cake Roll

    Based on a recipe from Michigan Peach Sponsors, this cake roll is a flavor chameleon. Swirl in any ice cream you like, and top the cake with any complementary fruit.

    Peach Cake Roll

  • Strawberry-Chocolate Cake

    Do you love strawberries dipped in chocolate? This recipe puts the same flavor combination into a beautiful, easy-to-make layer cake.

    Strawberry-Chocolate Cake

  • Apricot-Rosemary Streusel Bars

    Apricot-Rosemary Streusel Bars

    A rich, fruity filling bakes in a rosemary-infused crust, then gets drizzled with a powdered sugar icing.

    Apricot-Rosemary Streusel Bars

  • Key Lime Coconut Cake with Marshmallow Frosting

    Key Lime Coconut Cake with Marshmallow Frosting

    Billowy Meringue Frosting tops a moist and buttery lime-flecked cake whose subtle coconut flavor comes from canned cream of coconut.

    Key Lime Coconut Cake with Marshmallow Frosting

  • Best-Ever Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie

    Best-Ever Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie

    Strawberry-rhubarb pie filling gets a touch of zesty ginger flavor, then goes into a slice-and-bake crust.

    Best-Ever Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie

  • Raspberry Cheesecake Bars

    Raspberry Cheesecake Bars

    Layers of cheesecake, raspberry filling, almonds and coconut form dessert bars perfect for summer picnics and potlucks.

    Raspberry Cheesecake Bars

  • Lemon-Pecan Shortbread Cookies

    Irresistible tangy lemon and rich pecans flavor one of the easiest cookies around: buttery shortbread. Serve with a cool dish of ice cream in warm weather or a hot cup of tea when it's chilly outside.

    Lemon-Pecan Shortbread Cookies

  • Coconut Cake

    Coconut Cake

    This three-layer wonder stays extra moist thanks to butter and buttermilk. The blue-ribbon recipe is from Teresa Reese of Osceola, Nebraska.

    Coconut Cake 

  • Lemon-Cream Cheese Pie

    Lemon-Cream Cheese Pie

    This longtime reader-favorite recipe makes two pies; if you like, freeze one. To thaw, let the frozen pie stand in the fridge overnight.

    Lemon-Cream Cheese Pie

  • Strawberry Chiffon Dessert

    An orange-flavor ladyfinger crust surrounds an airy strawberry filling that calls for light whipped dessert topping and beaten egg whites.

    Strawberry Chiffon Dessert

  • Lemon Drop Cupcakes

    Lemon liqueur and lemon zest flavor these cupcakes, while swirled lemon frosting adds an elegant topping. Finish with glazed lemon slices or crushed lemon drop candies.

    Lemon Drop Cupcakes

  • Continue for more Easter recipes

    Click or tap below for recipes for Easter breakfast, brunch or dinner, including egg dishes, quiches, breakfast casseroles, ham, muffins and more.

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